Calvary United Methodist, Asheboro, NC

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Calvary UMC is located on a major thoroughfare within Asheboro in an economically challenged part of the city.  When Wesley began managing the brokerage portfolio for the Conference, Calvary had been listed to sale for several months.  After researching existing ministries and community programming across Randolph county, Wesley discovered no women and children’s homeless shelter existed in the county despite the need for one.  The Calvary site had the square footage, the zoning and the local leadership present to meet the need for such a shelter.  Wesley began facilitating conversations with local churches, community leaders, as well as state and local government officials which assisted the Conference Trustees to approve Calvary from church to shelter.  Today Lydia’s Place is officially a new church start ministry of First UMC Asheboro and is actively working to convert the space into both shelter space and transitional housing.  The new church start designation insures there will be leadership needed to keep the ministry vibrant and in service for years to come.